Bobbi Brown Ivy League FOTD Eye Map

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

G’morning, ladies!

A few of you asked to see details of the Bobbi Brown Ivy League look I tried on Monday.


Nicole and Nancy wanted a breakdown of the eyes. They took about eight steps. If you were comfortable trying any of my 4-step eye makeup looks, I think you could easily do this look as well.

Bobbi Brown Ivy League face of the day

My Bobbi Brown Ivy League eyes

bobbi brown ivy league eye

Oh, if you’d like to tone down the look, swap the black pencil liner for a brown one or omit the lining along the lower lash line entirely.


  1. I start by applying Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink (a dark green with golden flecks) on my lid and just up into the crease with a Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Concealer Brush, smoothing away any harsh lines with a fingertip.
  2. Then, using a MAC 217 Blending Brush, I pat Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Bash (a shimmery forest green) over the lid and just barely into the crease.
  3. Next, with a MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush, I sweep MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Quad in Assemblage (a shimmery gold) into the crease.
  4. Applying a light color under the brow bone can add definition to eye makeup, so I pat on some MAC Eyeshadow in Arena (a shimmery golden peach) with a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush.
  5. For a slightly smokey eye, I line my upper lash line with Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet (a matte black) and diffuse/fade the edges by running the pencil’s attached sponge along them. Then, still with the same pencil, I line my upper and lower waterlines.
  6. To emphasize my lower lash line while still keeping it soft, I draw a line along it (ideally, getting between the roots of each lash) with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink.
  7. Then, I soften the lined lower lash by gently swiping Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Bash along the outer half (toward the ear) with a MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush.
  8. Finally, still with the MAC 226, I swipe MAC Arena along the inner half of the line (toward the nose).

All done. πŸ™‚

Possible alternatives for Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Bash

Swatches from left to right: Bash, MAC Humid, the light and dark green shades from the Chanel Murano quad

Thanks for suggesting so many alternatives to Bash in an earlier post. I think MAC Humid comes pretty close, and the two darker green shades in the new Chanel Murano quad should also work.


About that jacket…

The tweed jacket I wore in the pic came from Old Navy a few seasons ago. I’ve looked for something similar online (and similarly cheap) but haven’t found it yet. Tweed seems to crop up more often as we get closer to fall, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled and will let you know when I spot it somewhere.

Have a great day today. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Bonjour! Do you remember reading the children’s book Le Petit Prince? If so, check this out (thanks, Glosslizard!).


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  1. Darcytmi says:

    I don’t know how I missed the Forest Shimmer Ink liner when I first saw the new Bobbi line. Looks like I need to do some beauty shopping this weekend πŸ™‚ My other must have item from the shopping list is OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow. I’m feeling a dark green trend coming on!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darcytmi,

      LOL, I might have to get that color just because it’s the name of a dragon.

      Nerdy, I know!

      Are you a big fan of Bobbi’s makeup?

  2. I have that exact tweed jacket from Old Navy and love it πŸ™‚

    I have never really bought Bobbi Brown before but I’m really digging the Forest Shimmer Ink and might try it out.
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… Barry M Nail Paint =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      Oh! Isn’t the pink lining inside so cute? That’s mostly why I got it, LOL. Plus, I think it was on sale. Gotta love finding clothes on discount.

      Anyway, the Forest Shimmer Ink is awesome. It has these really cool little flecks… kinda disco, but still wearable.

  3. I agree with Vampy Varnish, I am liking the Forest Shimmer Ink. I have never used BB but there’s a first for everything, right?
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Another Folica Sale! =-.

  4. Milan says:

    This is gorgeous! Very well done!

  5. Darcytmi says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’ve been a Bobbi fan for a little over a year now. A friend of mine works for Blue Mercury and she got me hooked. I have a couple of her creamy lip colors (love the shine and the texture!), her metallic eye palette and a couple of her gel liners. I’m experimenting with bolder liner looks so I was seriously excited to see your 8 step eye. Thanks for sharing; I can’t wait to give it a try!

    So, you have a thing for dragons?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darcytmi,

      There’s a Blue Mercury store at the mall near my house. I love it! It’s so soothing and well laid out. I could stay in there for hours. You’re so lucky to have the hook up.

      Let me know how your eye look turns out! Bold liner is so much fun… especially for big nights out.

      LOL, I guess I have a thing for mythological creatures in general. πŸ™‚

  6. Dao says:

    You look really preppy here, sister! This is such a complicated look and I’m so proud of you to pull it off so nicely.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… Radiance FOTD =-.

  7. Kristen says:

    Thanks again for posting on the Ivy League collection. I haven’t been this excited about a collection in the longest time, and I love seeing how different people try out new looks with it.
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara =-.

  8. Marce says:

    Thanks for breaking the look up and showing us alternatives, Karen! I don’t have Humid, actually the only “green” shadow I have is Club, I want to see how that would work out. Or this could be a good excuse to get some new green shadows. Or any shadows. Whatever. LOL
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Rimmel London Colour Mousse – Reseña =-.

  9. Michelle says:

    Thank you for breaking down this look for us! You did such a great job creating this fabulous look. It is so sweet of you to answer the requests of your readers! πŸ™‚ Off to the Bobbi Brown counter . . .

  10. Martha says:

    If I was going was going to dupe this, and I probably will…
    I would use:
    Steel Impressions (green color) Revlon eyeshadow palette
    Born with it Maybelline lipstick
    Gold Sizzle Cover Girl eyeshadow
    Jungle Green Rimmel liner
    And some random Black liner

    No ideas for Arena though…

  11. Nancy says:

    Thanks Karen, for the in depth explantion on that great BB eye look! Have you ever found any information on how we can possible get our hands on that little blue bear you showed with the Indigo collection earlier back? It’s just so darn cute! πŸ™‚

  12. Kelsey says:

    Soooo Pretty! πŸ™‚

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